The majority of the business principles that I teach are not a quick fix. They cannot be quickly implemented and then immediately begin yielding positive results. It took me a long time to get my business to where it is now, and I am still, constantly improving it. The truth is, while I hope to […]
Paperless appraisal office
In the past, it was common for appraisers to collect their fees directly from the borrower at the time of the property visit (i.e., at the door). I would take credit cards, checks, or cash while at the door. Many years ago, this was common. Now, however, that rarely happens and we usually have to
It is rare for appraisers to meet potential or existing clients face-to-face. As technology dominates the business world, most, if not all, orders are obtained through email or phone. It is essential for appraisers to have a professional phone presence. Today I am going to give you three tips for sounding professional on the phone.
Since we spend so much time in them, let’s talk about your appraisal vehicle. How organized is it? Does it make you more efficient? Does it help you create value for others? Is it an appraisal tool, or just another thing that’s part of your stuff? Let’s start with your computer bag. What’s that?
What better way to talk about boosting productivity than to talk about the software you are using. Recently, I was talking to an appraiser in my Dream Team who had switched over from another company to a la mode. Since there are a lot of appraisers using a la mode, I thought I would share
In the past two weeks I have received two emails from appraisers with essentially the same message, “So much for your love for paperless, Coach, because the new (2016) USPAP requires that appraisers keep hard copies of all delivered appraisal reports.” What? Really? That did not sound right to me, and it turns out that
I shall never forget the day I walked into that appraiser’s home office in Garland, Utah and looked at his desk. There was no computer to be found. Just an oversized, beige typewriter. “Where’s your computer,” I asked apprehensively? “Oh, I am too old to learn that new, fandangled technology stuff.”
How do your engagement letters typically come to you? If you are like 98% of appraisers, they come in an email. What do you do with those engagement letters? If you are like most appraisers, you print them. What do you do with those physical engagement letters after you are done with the appraisal? Many